N.Y. Manufacturer Cited by OSHA for Unsafe WorkingConditions

OSHA cited Global Protein Foods Inc., Valley Cottage, N.Y., and\r\nproposed penalties of $142,500 against the firm, for various\r\nviolations of OSHA standards.

OSHA cited Global Protein Foods Inc., Valley Cottage, N.Y., and proposed penalties of $142,500 against the firm, for various violations of OSHA standards.

The citations result from an inspection of the company''s facilities conducted from Oct. 19, 2000, through Jan. 3, 2001, following a complaint of unsafe working conditions, according to Phillip Piest, OSHA area director.

OSHA cited the company for three alleged willful violations:

  • failure to ensure that employees used appropriate eye protection and failure to provide an eye wash for employees.
  • failure to properly guard machinery.
  • failure to keep exit areas free from obstructions.
  • The alleged willful violations carry a total proposed penalty of $132,000.

The company also received seven OSHA citations for alleged serious violations:

  • failure to maintain floors in as dry a condition as possible.
  • failure to keep aisles in good repair.
  • failure to properly store oxygen and acetylene cylinders.
  • failure to provide unobstructed access to circuit breaker panels.
  • failure to provide covers for electrical boxes.
  • failure to keep an outside exit area free from ice.
  • failure to develop, implement and maintain a hazard communication program.

The alleged serious violations carry a total proposed penalty of $10,500.

In addition, the company received a citation for not providing hand soap in the lavatories.

The company has until May 7, to contest the citations.

by Virginia Sutcliffe

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